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GTAA to require COR starting January 2017
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COR Study Interview with Dr. Chris McLeod, University of British Columbia
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The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) is nationally trademarked and endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) of which the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) is a member. It provides employers with an effective tool to assess their health and safety management system.
COR™ is aimed at driving positive workplace behaviour and practices that lead to improved performance. It is currently being used across Canada and is a pre-qualification requirement for many contractors working in and out of the province and on public- and private-sector projects.
The COR™ program began in Alberta more than 20 years ago. While the bulk of COR™ firms are in construction, the standard is used by major business sectors in Alberta and British Columbia.
The IHSA is the 'Authority having Jurisdiction' to grant COR™ in the province of Ontario. In achieving this national safety program accreditation in Ontario, IHSA is responsible to ensure that the COR™ standards are upheld. With one common audit instrument utilized across Canada, the national standard is clear: Minimum 65% in each element and an overall audit score of 80%.
As the only Authority having Jurisdiction to grant COR™ Certification in the province of Ontario, IHSA practices the utmost diligence to ensure that the COR™ standards are upheld. Caution should be taken if any other organization suggests that it is qualified to provide accredited COR™ training, COR™ audits or COR™ Certification.
IHSA oversees the COR™ program in Ontario. As a result, the following procedures, training, and information are managed by IHSA, but are not limited to:
In addition to the prescribed training, Employers (Senior Management Representatives) have the following obligations.
To qualify as an Internal Auditor, the employee appointed by the employer must be a permanent full-time employee of the organization and must complete specific IHSA training. The employee's name and records of training must be submitted with the internal audit to IHSA for verification.
The Internal Auditor's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
The term External Auditor refers to the IHSA employee assigned to provide COR™ auditing services. These services include but are not limited to:
Auditors for IHSA's COR program must strive to maintain a high level of professional conduct at all times. To ensure the quality of the program, Auditors must:
If, after investigation, the IHSA determines that an Auditor has intentionally breached the Code of Ethics, the Auditor will be removed from the Program.
For a step-by-step guide to achieving COR™, visit the Steps to Achieve COR™ web page.
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